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Car Mechanics

November 2020

Car Mechanics is the UK's only car magazine with essential advice on maintaining and repairing popular makes and models. It’s an invaluable motoring resource that appeals to both the DIY car enthusiast and the more experienced motor trade professional. Car Mechanics has helped save money for our readers every month since 1958. Each issue includes a wide range of in-depth features written in a clear, straightforward manner: • Readers’ motoring-related problems answered for FREE • Real-life motoring dilemmas from our man in the garage trade • Electronic diagnostics delves inside a different modern vehicle each month to explain its management system • Survival Guide looks at new and used component prices for a particular vehicle • Used Car Focus is an in-depth buying guide on a specific make and model • Service Bay covers a full service with close-up images and comprehensive descriptions • Project cars are a major part of the structure of the magazine as we buy, fix and sell different vehicles over a period of months So if you're into saving money and being a home technician, Car Mechanics will help you out - guaranteed!

United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
Les mer
NOK 40.53

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2 min.
air quality trial

Email martyn.knowles@kelsey.co.uk Follow us on Facebook @ Car Mechanics Something you may not be aware of is that Highways England are about to trial 60mph speed limits on various sections of motorway across England. Not only that, the speed limits will be operational 24 hours a day. Why? Well, they are investigating the effects that different speeds and driving styles have on vehicle emissions. The trial sections aren’t that long in distance (one or two junctions in length), but it is hoped to test whether reducing the speed limit reduces NO2 levels. The proposed speed restrictions will be at these locations: M6 junctions 6 to 7 Witton M1 junctions 34 to 33 Rotherham M602 junctions 1 to 3 Eccles M5 junctions 1 to 2 Oldbury These locations were identified where levels of NO2 exceed the legal limits. These 60mph limits…

1 min.
new magazine

Launching next month is a new title in association with Car Mechanics. Former CM Editor, Peter Simpson will be the Editor of our new exciting magazine called Bargain Cars. As the name suggests, the publication will be full of great cars to buy now - covering all market sectors, in all price brackets. For the first issue, which is on-sale on November 20,2020 (same day as CM publishes), the main feature car is the Jaguar XF. There’s also a full buying guide on the Land Rover Freelander, £3000 estate cars, Mazda MX-5 at rock bottom prices - plus a BMW E39 road test. To find out more, to order a copy or subscribe, visit shop.kelsey.co.uk/BC20 or see the advert on page 39.…

22 min.

Despite being a great liberator, the motorcar is also a serial polluter. Whether powered by internal combustion (ICE), or electric, the automobile has a negative environmental impact. As the majority of cars on our roads are ICE-powered, this article focuses on petrol and diesel tailpipe emissions of production cars, while providing an overview of the latest developments. What do engines burn? While ICEs can combust alternative fuels, petrol and diesel are a complex mix of chemicals, originating from not only crude oil but also bio-fuels. British diesel may contain up to 7% bio-diesel (hence the B7 pump labelling), while petrol can contain up to 5% bio-ethanol (E5), a percentage mooted to double at some point within the next twelve months. Added to this base fuel are additive packs, which differ between individual…

4 min.
britain’s best bangers renault espace mk3

As a new car, the Espace was expensive – compared to rivals such as the Ford Galaxy and Peugeot 806. It was a premium-priced package – a combination of the economies of scale employed by PSA/Fiat and Ford and Volkswagen by collaborating on MPV projects and the fact that the Renault was made out of fibreglass – an expensive and complex commodity. Then there was the fact it was assembled on Renault’s behalf by Matra, its last volume model before the oddball Avantime and the company’s eventual demise as a constructor – something which meant Renault had to charge more for it than rivals. It was arguably worth it. First, it was the grandchild of the ‘original’ MPV, the Espace Mk1, which truly shook-up the car market in the 1980s. It…

2 min.
news in brief

Sealey savings until the new year With the latest updates in its ranges of tools and equipment, Sealey has launched its new lines promotion, with discounts available of up to 51% off list price until 31st January 2021. The promotion also features the latest competition, giving you the chance to win a five-drawer top chest and 139-piece toolkit worth £545. Visit sealey.co.uk for more information. Support for independents through warranty scheme Castrol has launched a free engine warranty scheme to help independent workshops boost customer satisfaction and retention. Castrol service workshops can now offer a 12-month or 18,000-mile peace of mind to customers when they have an oil change using Castrol lubricants. Replacement kit expansion Committed to the independent sector, Dayco has introduced expansive range additions, including 12 new part numbers for complete auxiliary belt…

11 min.
tales from the workshop

SKODA ROOMSTER Steering malfunction When I worked as a mechanic for the police it was a standing joke that if when we came in to work we discovered that one of the force cars had been recovered after being in an accident, we would look at each other and say “black dog”. This was the reason given for most of the one vehicle accidents that occurred late at night. The vehicle would be patrolling in an orderly manner when all of a sudden from nowhere a black dog would run across the road causing the driver to swerve and lose control of his vehicle. It was of course never the case that a highly-trained police driver had been going too fast and lost control. This 2011 Skoda Roomster arrived at my door with…